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    Pre-aliyah conversion project launched in Ukraine
    Oct15

    Pre-aliyah conversion project launched in Ukraine

    (JTA) — A program to help prospective immigrants begin converting to Judaism before they immigrate to Israel was launched in Ukraine. The program, titled “Maslul,” Hebrew for path or course, was launched Thursday at the Galitska Synagogue in Kiev with funding from the Harry A. Triguboff Foundation. Among those attending the launch was the...

    In Putin’s policing of Middle East, some see a boon for Israel
    Oct13

    In Putin’s policing of Middle East, some see a boon for Israel

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, greeting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow, Sept. 21, 2015. (Israeli Embassy in Russia/Flash90) (JTA) — As a defiant Russia again flexes military muscles in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, Cold War analogies are, perhaps, unavoidable. The deployment last month of Russian warplanes in...

    What Syria’s refugees think about Israel might surprise you
    Oct08

    What Syria’s refugees think about Israel might surprise you

    Germany is struggling to process and accommodate the 10,000 refugees streaming into the country every day. (Uriel Heilman) BERLIN (JTA) – Israel’s government is in cahoots with Syrian President Bashar Assad. America wants to keep the Syrian civil war going for as long as possible. Russia is outmaneuvering the United States on the global...

    Senior rabbi: Russian Jews ‘insecure’ about future in country
    Sep29

    Senior rabbi: Russian Jews ‘insecure’ about future in country

    (JTA) — A senior Russian rabbi condemned the government’s listing of a Jewish welfare group as a foreign agent, calling it part of a policy which is making Jews insecure of their future in Russia. Boruch Gorin, a Chabad rabbi who acts as a senior aide to Russian Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar and as editor-in-chief of the highbrow “L’chaim”...

    Body of missing Israeli man found in river near Ukraine pilgrimage site
    Sep20

    Body of missing Israeli man found in river near Ukraine pilgrimage site

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The body of an Israeli man who was missing in Uman since Rosh Hashanah was found floating in a river near the grave of the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement. Amir Ohana, 28, was found Saturday by volunteers from the ZAKA rescue and recovery organization. He was wearing his Shabbat clothes but without shoe or socks, and it...

    Israeli man missing in Uman following holiday pilgrimage
    Sep17

    Israeli man missing in Uman following holiday pilgrimage

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli man went missing in Uman in the Ukraine during the annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage. Amir Ohana, 28, has not been seen since Tuesday, when he went into the forest to meditate, according to reports. Ohana, the father of 3, reportedly has a serious medical condition. Because of his illness, he was not able to purchase...

    Moscow’s Reform rabbinic institute welcomes first class
    Sep11

    Moscow’s Reform rabbinic institute welcomes first class

    MOSCOW (JTA) — A newly-established rabbinical seminary in Moscow for Reform Jews received its first class, made up of seven students. The seven — four women and three men — began attending the Moscow Rabbinic Leadership Institute, also known as Machon, earlier this month, the World Union for Progressive Judaism said in a statement Thursday....

    Why Putin embraces Jews, but not gays
    Sep09

    Why Putin embraces Jews, but not gays

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, is greeted by Russia’s Chief Rabbi Berel Lazar in Moscow, June 13, 2013. (Alexander Zemlianichenko/AP Images) For the Kremlin, the interfaith roundtable last Thursday at Kazan’s Hall of Culture provided the perfect propaganda moment. Before the meeting, dozens of journalists snapped pictures of...

    Ukrainian nationalists destroy Hasidic tent city at rabbi’s grave in Uman
    Sep08

    Ukrainian nationalists destroy Hasidic tent city at rabbi’s grave in Uman

    (JTA) — Ukrainian nationalists destroyed a tent city erected by Hasidic Jews in Uman, ahead of the annual Rosh Hashanah pilgrimage. “On Shabbat, when they knew we wouldn’t be able to respond or activate the communication device, they simply knocked down the fence, pushed the light poles and security cameras and caused damage estimated at...

    For aliyah promoters, Ukraine’s troubles provide a boost
    Sep01

    For aliyah promoters, Ukraine’s troubles provide a boost

    Rabbi Shlomo Neeman, left, founder of the Kiev-based Zionist Seminary, and staff at the Tchelet summer camp in the Republic of Georgia, Aug. 19, 2015. (Eliyahu Yurovsky) TBILISI, Georgia (JTA) — Until April of last year, Julia Podinovskaya felt like she had a pretty good handle on where her life was going. Born to a middle-class Jewish family in...

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